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Covington Catholic wins boys Sweet 16 tournament

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- Nick Ruthsatz scored 25 points, including six points in overtime, to lead Covington Catholic to a 59-51 win over Scott County in the finals of the Kentucky boys Sweet 16 state basketball tournament Sunday at Rupp Arena.

Covington Catholic, making its first state finals appearance since 1967 and the 9th Region winner, trailed by 12 in the second quarter and rallied from an eight-point deficit in the fourth quarter to force overtime and get the win.

Ruthsatz, the tournament's most valuable player, made 10 of 13 free throws and scored 20 points in the second half. Mark Schult followed Ruthsatz with 12 points.

Both teams had a chance to win in regulation. Scott County's Trent Gilbert missed a jumper with seconds remaining, while a half-court attempt by Covington Catholic's Bo Schuh bounced off the front of the rim as time expired.

"It's an unbelievable feeling," Covington Catholic coach Scott Ruthsatz said. "I can't put it into words right now, what these guys have accomplished, where they came from and what they've went through."

The Cardinals (35-4), the 11th Region champion, fell behind 9-3 after the first two minutes but closed out the first quarter with a 14-0 run for a 17-9 lead. Hines Jones made three straight treys during the spurt and led Scott County with 15 points in the first half.

Trent Gilbert, who scored 95 points in the first three games of the tournament, had 10 for the Cardinals. Gilbert missed his first four shots before popping a 3-pointer to close out the first quarter.

Jones led Scott County with 18 points, followed by Tony Martini with 16 points and 17 rebounds.

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